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Hillel Adesnik
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
Dynamics of neural circuits underlying information processing in the cerebral cortex.

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Georjana Barnes
Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Microtubule cytoskeleton and cell cycle controls

Greg Barton
Associate Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
Innate immune system

Helen Bateup
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
Molecular mechanisms of synapse and circuit plasticity

Diana Bautista
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Molecular mechanisms of transduction in touch and pain receptors

Carolyn R. Bertozzi
Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Molecular basis of cell surface interactions

David Bilder
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Genetics of cell and tissue architecture

Michael Botchan
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Eukaryote DNA replication and control of S phase

Gloria Brar
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Regulation of meiotic translation, the roles of pervasive short translation products, and the co-option of stress responses for cellular differentiation through meiosis

Steven E. Brenner
Professor (Affiliated) of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Computational Genomics

Carlos Bustamante
Howard Hughes Investigator and Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Structural characterization of nucleo-protein assemblies

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W. Zacheus Cande
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cell and developmental biology

Jamie H. D. Cate
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Molecular Basis for Protein Synthesis by the Ribosome

Christopher Chang
Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Discovery and elucidation of new signal transduction players and pathways with molecular imaging

Michelle Chang
Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Enzyme catalysis and metabolic engineering

Kathleen Collins
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Telomerase, non-coding RNAs, RNA silencing

Jacob Corn
of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

Laurent Coscoy
Associate Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
Molecular mechanisms of immune evasion in viral infection

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Yang Dan
Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Neurobiology
Information processed by neuronal circuits

Xavier Darzacq
Pending Appointment in Genetics, Genomics and Development
Transcription regulation during cellular differentiation

Abby Dernburg
Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Chromosome organization and dynamics during meiosis

Andrew Dillin
Howard Hughes Investigator and Thomas and Stacey Siebel Distinguished Chair in Stem Cell Biology and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
My laboratory works on the genetic and molecular mechanisms that regulate aging and aging-related disease.

Jennifer A. Doudna
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
RNA-mediated gene regulation

David G. Drubin
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Actin and microtubule cytoskeletons in yeast and mammalian cells

Peter Duesberg
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Genetic structure of retroviruses

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Michael B. Eisen
Professor
Genomics/Bioinformatics

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Daniel Feldman
Associate Professor of Neurobiology
Sensory processing and plasticity in cerebral cortex

Marla Feller
Professor of Neurobiology
The development and function of retinal circuits

Gary Firestone
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Molecular endocrinology; tumor biology

John G. Flannery
Professor of Neurobiology
Molecular mechanisms underlying diseases of the retina

Daniel A. Fletcher
Professor (Affiliated) of Cell and Developmental Biology
Mechanics and dynamics of cell movements on the purified protein, single cell, and tissue levels

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Hernan G. Garcia
Pending Appointment in Genetics, Genomics and Development

Gian Garriga
Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Developmental neurobiology; molecular genetics

Britt Glaunsinger
Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Virology; messenger RNA processing and degradation

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Ming Hammond
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Chemical Biology, Molecular Biology, Organic Chemistry, and Bioinformatics

Iswar Hariharan
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Mechanisms of control of growth and cell proliferation. Regulation of regenerative growth.

Richard Harland
Department Co-Chair and C.H. Li Distinguished Professor Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Molecular biology of development

Lin He
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
microRNA functions in cancer development, mouse tumor models

Rebecca Heald
Flora Lamson Hewlett Chair and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Mitotic spindle assembly and function in Xenopus laevis

Dirk Hockemeyer
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Telomere biology of human stem cells

James Hurley
Judy C. Webb Chair and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Structural membrane biology

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Nicholas Ingolia
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Molecular basis and physiological roles of the Translational control of gene expression through global and genome-wide analyses

Ehud Isacoff
Class of 1933 Chair and Professor of Neurobiology
Ion channel function and synaptic plasticity

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Gary Karpen
Adjunct Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Chromosome structure and function

Nicole King
Howard Hughes Investigator and Associate Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Choanoflagellates, animal origins, and the evolution of host-microbe interactions

Arash Komeili
Associate Professor (Affiliated) of Cell and Developmental Biology
Assembly and Subcellular Organization of Bacterial Organelles

Doug Koshland
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Chair in the Biological Sciences & Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Mechanisms and principles that mediate desiccation tolerance and the structure, integrity, and evolution of chromosomes

Richard H. Kramer
CH and Annie Li Chair in Molecular Biology of Diseases and Professor of Neurobiology
Chemical signaling within and between neurons

Bryan A. Krantz
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Molecular Mechanism of Protein Translocation Across Membranes

John Kuriyan
Howard Hughes Investigator and Chancellor's Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Structural and functional studies of signal transduction and DNA replication

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Michael Levine
Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Regulation of enhancer-promoter interactions

Polina Lishko
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cell biology of mammalian fertilization

Kunxin Luo
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Signal transduction pathways mediated by receptors and the mechanisms controlling the activity of the receptor kinases

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Terry Machen
Associate Dean of Biological Sciences and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Epithelial transport; cellular and membrane physiology

Susan Marqusee
Director of QB3 and Eveland Warren Endowed Chair Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Determinants of protein structure and folding

Andreas Martin
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Energy-dependent proteases and molecular machines

G. Steven Martin
Dean of Biological Sciences and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cell biology; tumor virology

Barbara Meyer
Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Sex determination in C. elegans

Craig T. Miller
Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Developmental and evolutionary genetics

Evan Miller
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Chemical biology, neuroscience, organic chemistry, fluorescence, imaging

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John Ngai
Professor of Neurobiology
Molecular and cellular mechanisms of olfaction

Eva Nogales
Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Structure-function of macromolecular assemblies: cytoskeleton self-assembly and nucleic acid transactions

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George Oster
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Mathematical modeling of molecular, cellular and developmental systems

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Lior Pachter
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development

Nipam Patel
William V. Power Endowed Chair in Biology Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Genetic and evolutionary studies of embryonic pattern formation

Nipam Patel
Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Genetic and evolutionary studies of embryonic pattern formation

Mu-ming Poo
Professor of Neurobiology
Neurobiology

Daniel Portnoy
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Molecular and cellular basis of microbial pathogenesis

David Presti
Senior Lecturer of Neurobiology
Neurobiology

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Michael Rape
Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Protein ubiquitination, degradation and the control of cell division and differentiation

David Raulet
Dept Co-Chair & C.H. Li Chair of Immunology & Pathogenesis Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
Innate immune responses to cancer and infections mediated by natural killer cells and T cells

Jasper Rine
Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Gene regulation; cell biology

Donald Rio
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Molecular genetics; transposable elements; RNA splicing

Ellen Robey
Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
Fate determination in the T-lymphocyte lineage

Henk Roelink
Associate Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Induction in vertebrate development and ES cell differentiation

Daniel S. Rokhsar
Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Collective phenomena and ordering in condensed matter and biological systems

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Kaoru Saijo
Assistant Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
Nuclear Receptor-mediated regulation of Neuroinflammation

David Savage
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Synthetic biology and metabolism.

Randy Schekman
Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Organelle assembly; protein transport

Kristin Scott
Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Processing gustatory information in the Drosophila brain

William Sha
Associate Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
B cell gene regulation and fate determination

Nilabh Shastri
Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
Mechanisms of immunesurveillance

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Mark Tanouye
Professor (Affiliated) of Neurobiology
Mechanisms of nervous system structure and function

Jeremy Thorner
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Signal transduction mechanisms; biochemistry; molecular genetics; cell biology

Robert Tjian
Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Eukaryotic molecular biology; biochemistry

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Elçin Ünal
Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Investigating the mechanisms that ensure cellular fitness during gametogenesis

Fyodor Urnov
Associate Adjunct Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Engineered zinc finger DNA binding proteins

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Russell Vance
Howard Hughes Investigator and Associate Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
Host-pathogen interactions

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Karsten Weis
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Macromolecular transport into and out of the nucleus in eukaryotic cells

David Weisblat
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Developmental biology

Matthew Welch
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cytoskeletal function in cell migration, membrane trafficking and microbial pathogenesis

Astar Winoto
Williams Endowed Chair and Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
Molecular mechanisms of apoptosis and proliferation in T cells, cancer, host pathogen interaction and human stem cells.

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Ahmet Yildiz
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Structural mechanism of molecular motors. High resolution imaging of subcellular structures

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Qiang Zhou
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Biochemistry of HIV gene expression and transcriptional elongation

Roberto Zoncu
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
How organelles sense nutrients and regulate cellular growth

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Emeriti and Professors of the Graduate School

Mark Alper
Retired Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Biochemistry; biomolecular materials

Bruce N. Ames
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Mechanisms of aging. Mitochondrial decay in aging. Oxidants and antioxidants in DNA damage. Micronutrient deficiencies and DNA damage. Chronic inflammation and Cancer.

Clinton E. Ballou
Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

Steven Beckendorf
Professor Emeritus of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Molecular biology of development; Global warming: solutions and biological effects; Concentrating solar power.

Beth Burnside
Professor Emerita of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cell biology of the photoreceptor cytoskeleton

Richard Calendar
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Molecular genetics of viruses

Thomas Cline
Professor Emeritus of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Sex determination in Drosophila

Walter Freeman
Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology
Neurophysiology; nonlinear brain dynamics

John Gerhart
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Cell and Developmental Biology
Developmental biology

Robert Glaeser
Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Cryo-EM of multiprotein complexes; membrane proteins; structural biology; biophysics; advancing the capabilities of high-resolution cryo-EM in biology.

Alexander Glazer
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Macomolecular complexes; photosynthetic systems

Caroline Kane
Professor Emerita of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Eukaryotic gene regulation during transcript elongation

Jack Kirsch
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Enzymology; site-directed mutagenesis

Judith Klinman
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Principles of catalytic and regulatory mechanisms in enzyme-catalyzed reactions

Stuart Linn
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Enzymology of DNA metabolism

Robert Macey
Professor Emeritus of Cell and Developmental Biology

Howard Mel
Professor Emeritus of Cell and Developmental Biology

Satyabrata Nandi
Professor Emeritus of Cell and Developmental Biology
Tumor biology; endocrinology

Hiroshi Nikaido
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Membrane biochemistry; bacterial physiology

W. Geoffrey Owen
Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology
Membrane biophysics; retinal neurophysiology

Harry Rubin
Professor Emeritus of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cell and tumor biology

Howard Schachman
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Physical biochemistry

Frank Werblin
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Neurobiology
Neurophysiology of vision

Gerald Westheimer
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Neurobiology
Neurobiology; psychophysics

Fred Wilt
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Cell and Developmental Biology
Molecular embryology; cell biology

Bob Zucker
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Neurobiology
Cellular neurophysiology; synaptic biophysics

David Zusman
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Microbial development; molecular genetics

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Bowes Research Fellows

Bowes fellows are recent Ph.D. and M.D. graduates chosen by international competition to conduct independent research at the frontiers of biomedical and life sciences.
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Liam Holt
Bowes Research Fellow
Evolution of cellular signaling systems, cell division control, synthetic biology

William Ludington
Bowes Research Fellow
Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of gut microbial communities in the context of host health and immunity

Woj Wojtowicz
Bowes Research Fellow
Molecular basis for neuronal cell recognition, axon guidance and synaptogenesis

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